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Front Street Cafe in Vogue Magazine’s Fishtown Restaurants

Vogue Magazine highlights some of the Best of Philaldelphia’s Fishtown Restaurants.

“The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Philadelphia Are All in This One Neighborhood”

Original Story by Victoria Lewis Here

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First came the artists, then the musicians, then the enterprising new chefs, and just like that, Philly’s low-key working-class neighborhood of Fishtown (so-called because of its history as the center of the shad fishing industry) evolved into the city’s latest hub of cool. The focus of this area’s renaissance? Fishtown Restaurants have really good food (and drinks too).

Like Brooklyn’s Williamsburg did five years ago, under-the-radar Fishtown has become home to nationally acclaimed restaurants (including a pizzeria deemed the best in the country by Bon Appétit) and lively bars. Here, a field guide to the very best spots to eat and drink in Philly’s coolest new hood.

When all the burgers and beers start to feel a little too heavy for you, head to this airy café and stake out a spot on the sunny back patio. Here you can choose from a selection of healthy juices and smoothies and virtuous takes on classic comfort food (think vegan tacos and Mexican-inspired grain bowls).

On the corner of Front and Thompson Streets stands a beautiful, brick building, left over from the 1800s. The building (found at 1253 N. Front St.) is just  one block north of the SEPTA Girard Avenue Station. It’s location is a convenient stop for commuters along the corridor.

From dawn to dusk, the café  features brunch from 8AM through mid-afternoon, with dinner menu coming in from 5 to 10PM. Lots of healthy, avant-garde choices are available all day, with choices like wild rice collard dolmas with citrus hemp dressing; avocado citrus salad with organic baby kale, avocado, mango, radish greens, hemp, pumpkin seeds, and citrus jalapeno dressing; zucchini lasagna; and organic rotisserie half-chicken.

Unusual for most Fishtown Restaurants there is also a full bar serving craft beer, organic wines and cocktails, while commuters on the health train can order smoothies and juices from the juice bar to go.   Front Street Cafe is one of the best new restaurants in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood.

Additional Information from this article by K. Andrew Deffley

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Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia, Front Street Cafe

May 18th, 2016

Front Street Cafe Media Team

Original Article by Uwishunu here

Few meals are as perfect as brunch, where you’re allowed to drink Bloody Marys and eat doughnuts or cheese-covered egg sandwiches in the same meal. Top picks for Brunch Philadelphia included our own Front Street Cafe.

Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia
Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia: Quinoa & Oatmeal Porridge with Vegan Cashew Sweet Cream.

While Philly’s brunch game has long been on point new brunch options are popping up at not only new restaurants but tried-and-true spots that only recently started serving the mid-morning meal. For our spring brunch guide, we’ve also emphasized brunch that can be enjoyed via sidewalk seating, backyard patios and at completely-outdoor restaurants — think Front Street Cafe in Fishtown.

All of the brunch options mentioned below offer the meal on both Saturday and Sunday, and Front Street Cafe serves brunch 7 days a week until 4pm.

Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia
Top Picks for Brunch Philadelphia

Below you’ll find some of our favorites for daytime dining for days when breakfast starts whenever you roll out of bed. Where are your favorite springtime brunch spots?

The Full Uwishunu article here

Few meals are as perfect as brunch, where you’re allowed to drink Bloody Marys and eat doughnuts or cheese-covered egg sandwiches in the same meal. Top picks for Brunch Philadelphia included our own Front Street Cafe.

While Philly’s brunch game has long been on point new brunch options are popping up at not only new restaurants but tried-and-true spots that only recently started serving the mid-morning meal. For our spring brunch guide, we’ve also emphasized brunch that can be enjoyed via sidewalk seating, backyard patios and at completely-outdoor restaurants — think Front Street Cafe in Fishtown.

All of the brunch options mentioned below offer the meal on both Saturday and Sunday, and a number of the restaurants even serve brunch on weekdays, too.

Front Street Cafe starts First Friday Art Gallery Openings

Fishtown’s Front Street Cafe starts their First Friday art Gallery openings this Friday February 5th 2016 in the upstairs second floor gallery space.

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This month Front Street Cafe is excited to be showcasing the Artwork of local Fishtown artist Kimberlee Traub on the second floor of the Cafe. Her work is exciting, brilliant and powerful and we are honored to be working with her.

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~ Please join us in a show as Kimberlee reflects back on the art she has created in Philadelphia over the past decade. Art on view will include pieces recently shown at various PEX events. Many of the drawings have been inspired by the local Burning Man community. Merchandise such as candles and jewelry featuring her work will be for sale opening night.

see more of her work here:
http://www.kimberleetraub.com/
Recent projects on view here and on Instagram:
https://www.facebook.com/Illustrations-By-Kimberlee-Traub-159724087396739/

Facebook Event here

Front Street Flea at Front Street Cafe on Sunday 1/31/2016

Our new monthly “Front Street Flea” starting this Sunday at Front Street Cafe from 4-8pm, will feature custom hand made jewelry, vintage goods, handmade soaps, sculptures, clothing, accessories and art of all kinds. This month Artisans include Tin Goat, Concrete Polish/Ritual Ritual, Red Pine Shop, Hedy Sirico & Monk E Burnswell, Retro Relics, Nue Organics, Sue White, Jessica Koob, Oracular Design and more! Please come in and check out amazing work form local artists! Running from 4-8pm on the 4th Sunday of every month in 2016. Looking forward to seeing you!

Facebook Event here

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Front Street Cafe helping to revitalize Fishtown

January 20th, 2016

Written By Phillybite Magazine

The Front Street Café, a vibrant new eatery opened last year on the corner of Thompson and Front streets, is the latest on a growing list of restaurants revitalizing the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Drawing inspiration from the unique character of the neighborhood, the creators of the Front Street Café aspire to do more than serve great food. From its inception, the restaurant has been designed to nourish this growing community, satisfying both body and spirit from sun up to lights out.

Long-time Fishtown resident Nicole Barclay, was driven by a strong sense of place and purpose to create a restaurant built around fresh, sustainable ingredients, with ample choices for people who have dietary preferences for health or lifestyle reasons.

A juice bar and coffee shop will open early to serve morning commuters, offering freshly made juices, smoothies, coffee from Counter Culture Coffee, as well as grab- and-go breakfasts and lunches, just one block away from Girard Station.

Casual brunch service will begin early and run through mid-afternoon seven days a week, with a menu offering sandwiches, salads, burgers … and breakfast tacos with more than 18 topping choices, including heirloom tomatoes, organic baby kale, mushroom bacon, avocado and nacho cashew cheese. All of the ingredients down to the condiments are made in-house or sourced organically and sustainably. Free WiFi is offered in a comfortable second-floor community space overlooking the El, while a backyard garden retreat has table seating for 80.

A full bar will serve creative cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices and local ingredients, an array of craft beers drawing from both local and west-coast breweries, and a selection of organic and biodynamic wines designed to match the menu and pair well with artisanal cheese selections sourced from creameries across the U.S.

The dinner menu puts a fresh spin on comfort food, including:

  • Wild Rice Collard Dolmas: with citrus hemp dressing.
  • Avocado Citrus Salad: Organic baby kale, avocado, mango, radish greens, hemp, pumpkin seeds, citrus jalapeno dressing
  • Mediterranean Tofu: Pan-seared fennel, sage, chili-rubbed tofu, wilted garlic kale, fresh tomato marinara, salt-cured olives and crispy capers
  • Heirloom Tomato Zucchini Lasagna: Thinly sliced zucchini, Macadamia ricotta, basil-arugula pesto, sundried tomato, olive oil
  • Organic Rotisserie Half Chicken: Orange-brined chicken, roasted baby potatoes, stewed collard greens, chicken jus, house-made biscuits

“We really want to have a neighborhood café where people can eat many times a week, and instead of weighing them down, it actually makes them healthier,” Nicole said.

 

The space Front Street Café will occupy is one of the few 19th-century brick buildings to survive along the Front Street train corridor. During design and construction, building owner and builder Lee Larkin retained all of the original architectural details, including an intricate 3rd story tin cornice and Schuylkill Pine hardwood floors. Almost all of the additional building components where sourced and reclaimed from old Philadelphia buildings. Steps were built from joists taken from a home being demolished at Temple University, while wooden beams for the outside bar came from a warehouse at 25th and Oxford. A display cabinet on the second floor pays homage to the history of Fishtown and the Riverwards by showcasing hundreds of pre-Civil War artifacts that were discovered under the property during construction.

“Everything in this place has a story to tell,” Lee said. “And the story of this restaurant is tied to the story of this neighborhood – refreshed, revitalized and bursting with energy.”

Full article here.

 

Best Place to eat in Fishtown

Foobooz “Field Guide: The Best Place to Eat and Drink in Fishtown and Kensington”

The Best Place to Eat and Drink in Fishtown

Front Street Cafe was recently included in the Foobooz “Field Guide: The Best Place to Eat and Drink in Fishtown and Kensington”  Original Article by Arthur Etchells here.

We hope you’re hungry, and thirsty Photo by | Jeff Fusco
We hope you’re hungry, and thirsty Photo by | Jeff Fusco

 

Our field guide takes you on an eating and drinking tour of the rest of the best on the food mecca that is the Frankford Avenue — a full day’s worth of delicious debauchery.

For Breakfast (The Best Place to Eat and Drink in Fishtown)

The recently opened Front Street Cafe represents one of Philadelphia’s best new trends, the all-day cafe. In the morning the vegan-friendly cafe offers quinoa porridge, breakfast tacos of the vegan or sausage variety, and an interesting take on shrimp and grits. And since the cafe has a liquor license, a Bloody Mary or Maria (with tequila) is a must.
An eater’s tip: In nice weather, the enclosed outdoor garden and bar is the place to dine.
Read more at http://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2016/01/03/eat-drink-frankford-avenue-fishtown-kensington/#iSUvmIZTccQQI4xT.99

The Best Place to Eat and Drink in Fishtown

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Best Philadelphia cafes for lounging

December 21st, 2015

Written By: Grace Dickinson | Philadelphia Voice

Front Street Cafe was recently included in the Philadelphia Voice article for “Best Philadelphia Cafes for lounging (or working) all Day Long”

Philadelphia is steeped in coffee shops. Even though the city’s filled to the brim, new ones still pop up seemingly every month. The cafés that survive do so for a reason: They serve a purpose unique to their own neighborhood. We’ve rounded up a few across the city that persist as perfect spots for plugging away all day at some work or simply indulging in a good book.

Fishtown’s new farm-to-table café brings plenty of room to stretch out and hang. On the top floor, you’ll find a quiet, bright space filled with wooden tables adorned with plants and a couch that overlooks a bookshelf filled with reading material. Grab a coffee, draft kombucha, “Pina Kaleada” or a nourishing juice before settling in. Then, when you’re ready for a bite to eat, consider wandering downstairs to hit up the main dining room. If flying solo, grab a seat at the sleek, ash-colored concrete bar and choose from a menu filled with healthy, yet comfort-styled food options. There are plenty of choices for all dietary preferences, including vegan eggs benedict with smoky mushroom bacon, gluten-free bagels and cornbread muffins and meatier selections like the apple cider braised chicken.

Full article here.

Riverwards Produce: Front Street Cafe’s Answer to Fresh Ingredients

December 20th, 2015

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“Fresh + Friendly + Philadelphia” defines the very ­­essence of Front Street Cafe. This slogan is displayed in the center of our website’s home page because it is something we are proud of. To us, these words are a way of life – a motto describing our commitment to healthy living and sustainability. This entails providing our guests with a beautiful dining experience, where nutritious tastes delicious. In order to accomplish our mission, we partnered up with another sustainable-minded company, Riverwards Produce.

Vincent Finazzo and John Fasano founded Riverwards Produce in July. Their idea was simple – to create a way to connect local farmers to talented chefs in the Philadelphia area. In September, Melissa Komar from the Star, visited Finazzo and Fasano to uncover how the duo accomplishes their mission.

During her visit, Komar learned about Finazzo and Fasano’s demanding work schedule. The partners begin their days at 3:30 a.m. and do not stop until around noon. They are busy organizing their orders, purchasing local produce, and making deliveries to various restaurants and bars.

Currently, Riverwards is based out of one truck, but Finazzo and Fasano hope their business will expand.

“Ultimately, Finazzo and Fasano would like to see the business continue to grow and secure a location reminiscent of an Italian Market food stand, enabling them to sell produce quickly and inexpensively,” Komar said.

Komar even had the chance to speak with Front Street Cafe’s very own Sous Chef, Chris Rubinstein. Since the kitchen has opened, Rubinstein has enjoyed working with Riverwards.

“It’s really a standard produce company,” Rubinstein said, “but what’s cool about [Riverwards] is they’re working with a lot of local farmers and purveyors and they let me know what the farmers have. If I have any issues, I can text them directly.”

Everyone at the Cafe is thrilled to be working with Riverwards Produce, a company that shares the same core values as us. Finazzo and Fasano believe in a farm-to-table dining experience, and because of their commitment and innovation, Front Street Cafe is able to provide Philadelphians just that.

For more information please visit, http://riverwardsproduce.com/ or call 267-603-8596. To see all of the fresh produce that Finazzo and Fasano purchase, please follow them on Instagram @riverwardsproduce.

To read Melissa Komar’s article please visit, http://www.starnewsphilly.com/2015/sep/29/harvesting-hucksters/#.VoVkXZMrLYK.